I have a rule… I don’t read a book until I have all the books in a series. That rule has been tested mightily since I started blogging about books. Rarely have I so been so happy to conclude a series as The Girl from Berlin by Ellie Midwood. The premise of a young Jewish woman spying from SS headquarters at the height of WWII was unique enough. Ellie Midwood has told a us a story, an intricate blend of true love, dark intrigue and inevitable heartbreak. It was s story I enjoyed visiting time and again.
About the book:
Title/Author: The Girl From Berlin: The War Criminal’s Widow by Ellie Midwood
Genre: Historical Romance/ Intrigue
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Date of publish: November 2015
Book Links: Amazon / Goodreads / Barnes & Noble / Riffle
In this, the third book of the Girl From Berlin Series, Annalise finds herself in the final days of the second world war. Torn between her first love, husband Heinrich, and true love, lover Ernst, she has a front row seat as the Third Reich collapses. Her counter intelligence activities should have bought her safety from the forces closing in on Berlin, but that doesn’t keep her from despair when the city and all those she loves are in jeopardy.
I have long awaited this book, keeping its place in line while I whittled away at my reading list. Then it occurred to me that regardless of what else this tale is about, it is truly a love story and belongs in the Sweetheart Showcase. I don’t envy the position Annalise finds herself in. To be balanced between the men she loves while watching what is left of her world fall apart, is heartbreaking. I touched on a point in an earlier review how not black and white the world is. The author has once again and more definitively shown how a war machine like the Nazis is made up of individuals that are simply trying to survive. No excuses are made for the horrors inflicted on the world, yet it is brought home clearly how easily good people can do bad things even in the name of doing good. The attention to detail is once again the finest point of the story. The reader feels what it was like to be trapped in a Berlin about to collapse at the end of a long war. The sacrifice of doing the right thing when it would be so easy to turn a blind eye was evocatively made clear.
I will admit the love story did not turn out the way I thought it should, but then that is why I am reading and Ellie Midwood is writing. It is a beautiful story full of nuance. The tale of the girl from Berlin and all the men who loved her is an instant classic.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Goodreads Summary: “War Criminal’s Widow” is the third book in the series “The Girl from Berlin.” As soon as Annalise, a counterintelligence agent working for the American OSS office, thinks that all the dangers are finally behind, swept away by the protective hand of her high-ranking lover – the Chief of the RSHA Ernst Kaltenbrunner – she has to face an even bigger challenge. With both fronts approaching her quickly collapsing Germany, she has to make a fateful decision: to run from the allied prosecution together with the father of her unborn baby, the man, who the allies consider one of the major war criminals and who they can’t wait to bring to justice; or to stay with her husband Heinrich and accept a generous offer from the OSS – a new and free life in the United States…
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